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Seguin Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Seguin Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Seguin Island

State: ME
Year established: 1795
Latitude: 43 deg 42 min 26 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 45 min 30 sec W
Height above sea level: 180 feet

Original construction:
wooden tower

1819: wooden tower rebuilt with stone
1857: present 53-foot brick and granite tower

Automated in 1985; active aid to navigation; as of March 2000, operating with last first-order Fresnel lens in Maine

Light characteristic:
Fixed white, visible for 18 nautical miles; fog signal, 2 blasts every 20 seconds

The Seguin Island Light is the second oldest light in Maine, and the highest on the Maine coast.

More information:
Holland Jr., Francis R., America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 82-83
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 88
Roberts, B., & Jones, R., American Lighthouses; A Comprehensive Guide, (Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998), pp. 49-50